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Flights to Fort Lauderdale
Most flights to Fort Lauderdale arrive at Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport (FLL), although many corporate flyers choose Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in downtown Fort Lauderdale for private flights. Travelers on commercial flights to Fort Lauderdale will touch down at Fort Lauderdale International, located in Dania Beach about three miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale's central business area and close to Hollywood. The airport is a gateway to Caribbean destinations and is the largest hub for Spirit Airlines. Airport amenities include free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, and duty free shops for those on international flights. Upon arrival on Fort Lauderdale flights, passengers can either rent cars at the airport or hail taxis or buses waiting at the terminals.
Fort Lauderdale Weather
When packing for flights to Fort Lauderdale, travelers should keep in mind that southern Florida experiences high temperatures year round, including the winter months. Due to high humidity and heat in the summer, it is recommended that visitors schedule their vacations between November and May. During this time, temperatures generally stay under 80F and rain is infrequent. In the summer, heat and humidity create perceived temperatures as high as 110F, and rain is frequent and heavy, particularly from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Travelers on Fort Lauderdale flights in the summer should pack sunscreen, as UV rays skyrocket in May-June.
Getting Around Fort Lauderdale
After deplaning Fort Lauderdale flights, travelers have several options for ground transportation in the city. One of the easiest ways to travel in Fort Lauderdale is by bus via the Broward County Transit. Travelers can pay for buses per trip for $1.50 a person or buy a $3.50 day pass. A ten day pass for $13 is also available. The Sun Trolley is often the preferred vehicle for tourists, as it carries passengers from the beach to the famous Las Olas Boulevard downtown and back, often for no fee at all. There is plenty of parking in Fort Lauderdale, but Florida tolls are costly for drivers without SunPass. Miami is only a 21 mile drive south of Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
Fort Lauderdale Attractions
Immediately after touching down on flights to Fort Lauderdale, travelers will be within miles of the rolling beaches for which the city is famous. Fort Lauderdale is also home to a wealth of museums, parks, and tourist activities that make it a popular destination for adults and children alike. Prominent attractions include:
- Fort Lauderdale Beachfront, over twenty miles of white sands and soft waves ideal for swimming and sunbathing
- Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, a 1921 plantation-style home surrounded by tropical gardens
- Sawgrass Recreation Park, which includes wild animal shows as well as airboat tours of the Everglades
- Museum of Discovery and Science, a hands-on museum filled with interactive exhibits designed for children
- Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 180-acre adventure zone featuring camping, swimming, and canoeing sites
Fort Lauderdale When to Go
December to April is the best time span to go to Fort Lauderdale weather-wise, with warm, dry air and very little rain. Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding beaches becomes a magnet for visitors during this period, as is the case with nearby vacation destinations Miami and Palm Beach. Spring-breakers still come to party in March—though Fort Lauderdale is more family-friendly than notorious party spots like Miami and Daytona.
The heat of the summer sun is intense, made worse by the high humidity, which makes visiting anytime between June and September a constant effort to find air conditioning or a cold drink. It also means the annual flock of “snowbirds”—those who live there only for the agreeable winter months—migrate back to the cooler north to leave the place emptier for about six months of the year. Summer is also rainy season, so be prepared for short, daily downpours. On the plus side, summer also means less traffic and off-season prices.
Each year between June and November, Florida’s Atlantic coastline is threatened by hurricanes coming out of the Caribbean Sea. The chances of a direct hit are fairly remote, but it does happen. According to the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, September is the most active month for hurricanes in the South Florida region.
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